World champ teams start well

Squash enthusiasts can get back into the sport with the resumption of the TeleCayman Team Squash League. Week one kicked off last Thursday at South Sound Squash Club.

The League runs every Thursday at 7.15pm until 1 December with the exception of 24 November due to the squash club championships and Christmas Party.

This year, there has been a change of format as the league consists of eight teams with three players on each team who will compete in a round robin format for the next seven weeks.

Each team consists of one A, one B and one C level player. As in previous years teams may be sponsored by a business and have their team funded, however, slightly different is a player may also enter the league as an individual, and they are placed on a team according to their level of play.

The individual players are placed on a team and the team is named after a world top squash player. Typically, they have Team Nicol David, current world number one and Team Ramy Ashour, battling to maintain his world number one position).

Sponsored teams consist of Team Walkers, Team Island Heritage, Team NCB Group, Team Sothebys International Realty, Team KPMG and Team Marsh. After a great first night of some fantastic squash the results were interesting.

On court 1 the battle began between Team Nicol David and Team Island Heritage. As the A-level representative, Jackie Geils (formerly Ridgway who married Shaun Geils this past summer) took the first match with little resistance against Brandon Smith 3-0 (11/6, 11/2, 11/4).

Up next for Team Nicol David was Leon Den Exter against Team Island Heritage’s Tyron Moses. Leon took the match 3-0 (11/3, 11/7, 11/8). The final match on court 1 for Team Nicol David was Carlo Artana who had a good run and came out with the hat-trick for his team with a 3-0 win over Team Island Heritage’s Ricardo Bodington (11/5, 11/7, 11/8).

On court 2, Team Ramy Ashour defeated Team Marsh 2-1. Chantelle Day took the win over Mike Bowden 3-0 (11/6, 11/7, 11/7), Alistair Cowper won 3-0 (11/0, 11/7, 17/15) against Graham Manchester, however Team Marsh’s only win was Keiran Mehigan who had a great match against Team Ramy Ashour’s Trina Savage 3-1 (12/10, 4/11, 11/4, 11/6).

Court 3 resulted in Team NCB Group overtaking Team KPMG, but not without a fight from Rob Arthur who lost to Matthew Wight 3-1 in a hard fought battle (11/9, 11/6, 7/11, 11/7). Alan Wight (Matthew’s brother) of Team NCB Group defeated Team KPMG 3-0 (11/3, 12/10, 11/3). The final match on court 3 was William Foster who won over Joe Croncovic 3-0 (12/10, 11/3, 11/9).

The final teams to playoff were the two representing Team Sotheby’s International Realty and Team Walkers. First on was the Cayman Islands national coach, Glenn Stark, who took on Alison Strobridge with a 3-0 win (11/2, 11/6, 11/5). Next up was Stefan Breitenlechner for Team Sotheby’s International Realty against Djon Brown of Team Walkers.

A tough fought match by both players, however Brown ended up with a badly split toenail and with a little first aid, it wasn’t enough. Stefan showed no sympathy and overtook Brown 3-1 (7/11, 11/5, 11/8, 11/4). In the last match for the tie was Sheena Conolly from Sotheby’s International Realty against Philip Millward. This too was a great match with exciting rallies however, Millward was too strong for Conolly and took the match 3-1 (11/5, 7/11, 11/9, 11/9).

Anyone interested in watching some great squash should get down to the club in South Sound every Thursday evening from 7.15pm to watch the TeleCayman Business League live. Any questions on the league, squash programmes or memberships at the South Sound Squash Club, please contact club manager, Amanda Stark at [email protected]

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